HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

October 21, 2019

Dear Students:

I’ve heard that if you want to find meaning, you have to be able to give meaning to others.

So, my question to you this week is: what are you doing to give meaning to others?

If you have time and space in your life to contribute, think about planning to volunteer through one of the opportunities at the Center for Civic Engagement or through HCLAS and CARECEN, where you can work with immigrants and refugees on English language and citizenship skills.  You can find out more about the CARECEN opportunity through Hofstra here.  Volunteer opportunities at CARECEN are already filled up for the Fall 2019 semester, but we will be opening up registration for Spring 2020 volunteer slots for the Spring 2020 semester before Thanksgiving and I will announce it in the “Opportunities Section” of the weekly message when registration opens.

I also want to call your attention to a few events this week: Details about all of these events are listed below in the “Events Section.”

The Internship and Career Fair is on Wednesday – even if you’re not looking for a job or internship now, it’s a great opportunity to explore what that process will be like when you are ready, so as to increase the likelihood of your success down the road.

Also on Wednesday we have Day of Dialogue with lots of events about immigration and migration, topics that have been much in the news. Come to one or more of these events and get informed (or more informed)!

And still another event on Wednesday, a presentation by NY State Senator Jessica Ramos in our Lives in Public Policy and Public Service series.

On Friday evening we will have our Fall Oc-TUBA-fest!  Tell me, what other university has a tuba festival?  Go and have fun and enjoy the tuba music – it’s a quintessential Hofstra experience!

Also this weekend we have opening night and the first weekend of our annual fall musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical.  Go and enjoy the comedy and music and the performances of your classmates!  I’ve got my tickets already and can’t wait! 

With best wishes,



Last week, I omitted one name and misspelled another in an attempt to extend my congratulations, so this week I’m going to try to get it right:  Congratulations to Lawrence Tang, Harminder Pathania, and Ranganath Srinivasan who participated in the Policy Hackathon organized by the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship and the Kalikow School, with support from the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office, held on our campus on Oct. 11.  Special congratulations to Ranganath Srinivasan who won the Innovation Award at this competition.  There will be another Hackathon coming either next semester or next year so stay tuned to these weekly messages for information about how YOU can participate in the next Hackathon here at Hofstra!

Congratulations to all the HCLAS seniors who were recognized with awards for academic excellence in their majors last week.  I’ll be tweeting about you individually starting later this semester, so follow me on twitter @benrifkin!


Monday, October 21

Today is the DEADLINE to register for the Crossing Borders Writing Workshop organized and presented by International Students and Herstory Writers:  The event is actualy on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 am to 3 pm (see events, below) in the Student Center Greenhouse, but you have to rsvp by TODAY to international@hofstra.edu to confirm your participation.

Wednesday October 23

11:00 AM – 02:00 PM:  Fall 2019 Career & Internship Fair


Exhibits All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Keiko Narahashi Exhibition

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

Monday, October 21, 2019

07:00 PM: Francis Ford Coppola screening: Apocalypse Now – Final Cut (1979/2019) 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

09:25 AM – 11:00 AM: The Cultural Politics of Taste with Krishnendu Ray 

06:00 PM – 09:00 PM:  Living on Long Island While Black: The Suburban Search for Justice

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM:  Of Men and Gods: The Expression and Complexity of Gender and Sexuality in Haitian Vodou

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

08:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Operation Downtown Seminar

09:00 AM – 06:00 PM:  Day of Dialogue XVII: Conflict, Climate, and the Crisis of Forced Migration

09:05 AM – 11:05 AM:  Day of Dialogue XVII: Conflict, Climate, and the Crisis of Forced Migration Introductory Panel

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM:  2019 Lives in Public Policy and Public Services Address

12:50 PM – 02:15 PM:  Day of Dialogue XVII: Not Just a Crisis at the Border: Critical Immigrants’ Rights Issues on Long Island

12:50 PM – 02:15 PM:  Day of Dialogue XVII: Student Perspective on Human Trafficking: What Can We Do?

02:55 PM – 04:20 PM:  Day of Dialogue XVII: Crisis of Migration on Long Island

04:30 PM – 05:55 PM:  Day of Dialogue XVII: 1619 -2019: The Quest for Reparatory Justice to Achieve More Perfect Union

Thursday, October 24, 2019

08:00 AM – 10:00 AM:  Fall Writing Proficiency Exam

08:30 AM – 04:00 PM:  The Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Conference on Conservation, Civic Engagement, and Active Lifestyle: ‘Take Action’

03:30 PM – 05:00 PM:  Intersex Awareness Day Workshop

07:00 PM:  Italian-American Experience Lecture Series: War Cellar Film Screening

Friday, October 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Fall Writing Proficiency Exam

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM:  Legally Blonde

08:00 PM: OcTUBA Fest

Saturday, October 26, 2019

9:00 AM – 03:00 PM:  Crossing Borders Writing Workshop in the Student Center Greenhouse – you must RSVP by 10/21 (see Opportunities above) a one-day guided writing workshop.  RSVP by email to international@hofstra.edu.

11:00 AM – 04:00 PM:  Learn What It Takes to Run or Support a Candidate for Office!  Alumna Lindsey Johnson (PSC 2009) returns to Hofstra with her organization Trailblazers PAC to teach you the basics of how to run for local office in a one-day workshop called Front Porch Politics. For more information and to register, go to Hofstra Votes and Trailblazers PAC present Front Porch Politics Workshop

07:30 PM – 09:30 PM:  The William H. Lawrence Honors Recital

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Legally Blonde

Sunday, October 27, 2019

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Legally Blonde

Monday, October 28, 2019 

All Day:  Fall Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM:  Seeking Purpose with Jeffrey Matthews: Colin Powell and his Presidents: Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43)

02:55 PM – 04:00 PM:  Conversation with Camouflaj Founder Jeffrey Matthews

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